Sidera guarantees 1 Gig in 1 day; Australian commission proposes lower fixed line prices

> For companies looking to turn up their Ethernet capacity quickly, Sidera Networks (the former RCN Metro) launched a campaign last week. "1 Gig in 1 Day" guarantees delivery of 1 Gigabit of switched Ethernet capacity to customers in a single day. Story.

> The ACCC (Australian Competition and Consumer Commission) is proposing reduced prices for fixed line voice services, Telegeography reports, asking for new legislation that would lower local call pricing from AUD 17 cents per minute to AUD 7 cents per minute, and line rental from AUD $25.57 per month to a nationally averaged AUD $20 per month. Story.

> Opnext (Nasdaq: OPXT) and Anritsu (OTC: AITUF.PK) are demonstrating 40G and 100G technologies at ECOC (European Conference on Optical Telecommunications) this week in Turin, Italy. Anritsu gave the first public demonstration of its 100GBASE-LR4 module at an OTU4 rate of 111.8 Gbps, and then along with Opnext gave a joint demonstration of a 40GBASE-LR4 transceiver capable of running OTU3 traffic. News release.

> MRV Communications (OTC: MRVC.PK) plans to demonstrate the interoperability of its Optical Carrier Ethernet Access product series this week at the Carrier Ethernet World Congress in Warsaw. News release.

> Glimmerglass Networks is demonstrating its intelligent optical layer management solutions at ECOC this week, including demos of switching solutions alongside photonics supplier Laser 2000. News release.

> Verizon (NYSE: VZ) has reached an agreement with Time Warner Cable (NYSE: TWC-WI) to provide FiOS TV customers in upstate New York with access to more of Syracuse University's football and basketball games. Terms of the retransmission deal weren't reached, but it's nice when providers can just get along and not fight over retrans fees. News release.

And finally... In a move sure to increase their popularity (or not), ultra-Orthodox members of Israel's Cabinet are pushing to shut down online payments to government offices on holy days and on the Jewish Sabbath, reports the Washington Post. Story.